September 8-14, 2014


September 08, 2014

Faculty News


Prof. Poorvi Vora (CS) was awarded a three-year $666,054 National Science Foundation grant for her project "TWC: Open-Audit Voting Systems—Protocol Models and Properties." Prof. Vora is the principal investigator on the grant and is working in collaboration with her co-PI, Prof. Michael Clarkson. The project will focus on three main problems: 1) the rigorous study of the properties of in-person voting protocols with human participants; 2) the development of new voting protocols; and 3) the development of a high-assurance software library for voting system design.

Media Mentions:

Allan Friedman (research scientist, Cyber Security and Policy Research Institute) was quoted in the August 29 Bank Info Security article, " Why a Nation-state Would Hack JPMorgan." On September 7, NewsChannel 8's "Government Matters" spoke to him about "zero day" computer viruses. ( Video link)

Conferences & Presentations:

Prof. Taeyoung Lee (MAE) was invited to speak at the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at the Seoul National University and the Astronomy Department at Yonsei University in South Korea on September 3-4. He gave talks on the recent developments of geometric mechanics and control with applications to complex aerospace systems.

Other News:

Prof. Pinhas Ben-Tzvi (MAE) has been invited to serve as a member of the Technical Program Committee for the 2014 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Biomimetics (ROBIO 2014), to be held in Bali, Indonesia, December 5-10.

Prof. Ken Chong (MAE) was invited by the Hong Kong Government University Grants Committee (UGC) as a member of an Engineering Panel to conduct the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in Hong Kong during the week of August 25. The RAE is intended to assess the quality of research of the eight universities in Hong Kong funded by UGC by cost center (similar to a department or group), and to drive excellence by evaluating their outputs (e.g. journal papers), inputs (e.g., research funding) and esteem measures (e.g., honors and awards). The results will be one of the factors for the allocation of part of the research portion of the recurrent block grant in a publicly accountable way. The last RAE was conducted in 2007. UGC funding was approximately US $640 million in 2013.

Other News

Call for Proposals: The GW Institute for Biomedical Engineering (GWIBE) Interdisciplinary Research Fund is accepting proposals from GW faculty members interested in biomedical engineering research support. The application deadline is 5:00 pm on Wednesday, October 1. The competition is primarily for junior faculty to help them establish an active research program. Each award can be up to $20,000. 

Graduate Admissions news: Staff member Anthony Spatola was in Brazil August 24 - September 4 to attend three QS World Grad School Tour fairs in Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and Sao Paulo. Anthony also visited the EducationUSA center for all of Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, and two PUC universities in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to explore possible exchanges between the two universities and GW. This week, Graduate Admissions will be recruiting at Clarkson University, Syracuse University, and Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as in Bogota, Colombia and Mexico City, Mexico. More information about graduate recruitment can be found on the front page of our microsite at

SEAS Events

MAE Seminar: "Recent progress in numerical prediction of cavitating flows with special emphasis on unsteady loads and on erosive collapse events"
Speaker: Steffen J. Schmidt, Head of Gas Dynamics Research Group at the Institute of Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics, Technical University of Munich
Tuesday, September 9
2:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

ECE Colloquium: "On Designing High Throughput, Low Delay, and Low Complexity Mechanisms for Wireless Networks: A Multichannel Perspective"
Speaker: Dr. Bo Ji, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, Temple University
Friday, September 12
2:00 – 3:00 pm
640 Phillips Hall

Clark Scholars Program Event: "From Design through Construction: The Science and Engineering Hall Explained"
Thursday, September 18
6:00 – 7:45 pm
1957 E Street Building, Room 113
Come hear a panel of engineers and architects discuss the challenges faced in the construction of GW's Science and Engineering Hall. Clark Construction Project Executive Mark Goodwin will moderate a discussion about the internal and external considerations the engineers and architects faced during the building's three-year construction. The program, which is open to the GW community, is for non-engineers and engineers alike and will include ample Q&A time. This event is sponsored by the Clark Scholars Program.

GW Alumni Weekend events—September 18-21: Students may attend the SEAS BBQ and the Hall and Oates concert during GW's Alumni Weekend. Seniors are especially encouraged to attend the SEAS BBQ and take the opportunity to network with alumni. The BBQ is listed among the AW2014 events on the Alumni Weekend registration page; it is not a separate event but part of the overall Alumni Weekend package. Registration is required.

MAE Seminar: "Roughness Effects on Wall-Bounded Turbulent Flows"
Speaker: Dr. Karen A. Flack, Mechanical Engineering Department, United States Naval Academy
Thursday, September 25
3:00 – 4:00 pm
736 Phillips Hall

MAE Seminar: Genre and Structure: "Framing and Organizing Scientific Writing"
Speaker: Edward Helfers, GW University Writing Program
Wednesday, October 1
3:00 pm
2020 K Street NW, Room 24

Entrepreneurship News & Events

Stories from College Entrepreneurs
Thursday, September 11
6:30 – 9:30 pm
1133 15th St NW, 12th Floor
Washington, DC

DC TechDay
Thursday, October 2
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
National Building Museum
Washington, DC

Volunteers Needed for DC I-Corps Fall Cohort
The DC I-Corps Node is a regional program that provides real world, hands-on training on how to successfully commercialize scientific and technical research from universities and national laboratories. All GW professors, research staff, and graduate students with potentially commercializable research are eligible to participate. Some funding is available to support participation in the program for GW researchers with invention disclosures submitted to the GW Office of Technology Transfer.

GW Career Week Events

Monday, September 8
11:00 am – 2:45 pm: Center for Career Services Info Table, Marvin Center 1st Floor
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm: Open House: Meet Your Career Coach! Resource Room— Colonial Crossroads—Marvin Center 5th Floor
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Kick Off Event: Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater & Marvin Center Continental Ballroom

Tuesday, September 9
9:00 am – 12:00 noon: Lobby Greeting with Deloitte, Duques Hall Main Lobby
11:00 am – 2:45 pm: Center for Career Services Info Table, Marvin Center 1st Floor
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm: Vets: Marketing Yourself for a Career After College, Marvin Center 307
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Dress for Success! A FutureU Special Event Cosponsored with Ann Taylor Loft & Men's Wearhouse, Dorothy Betts Marvin Theater
7:00 – 9:30 pm: Covering the Midterm Elections—Panel Discussion & SMPA Alumni Reception, Jack Morton Auditorium (Panel open to all)

Wednesday, September 10
11:00 am – 2:45 pm: Center for Career Services Info Table, Marvin Center 1st Floor
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm: GW LinkedIn Virtual Networking Hour
5:00 – 6:00 pm: Ace the Interview—Get the Job!, Marvin Center 405
6:30 – 8:30 pm: Student & Alumni Speed Networking, Marvin Center 307; 402-404; 407

Thursday, September 11
11:00 am – 2:45 pm: Center for Career Services Info Table, Marvin Center 1st Floor
1:00 – 3:00 pm: On Campus Recruiting (OCR) & Site Visits Overview, Colonial Crossroads Resource Room— Marvin Center 5th Floor
2:00 – 4:00 pm: LinkedIn Lab/GWork, Colonial Crossroads Resource Room— Marvin Center 5th Floor
3:00 – 4:00 pm: Study Abroad Returnee Workshop, Marvin Center 402-404
5:00 – 6:00 pm: Effective Internship & Job Search Strategies, Marvin Center 405
6:00 – 7:00 pm: Student2Student: Interns' Inside Scoop Marvin Center Amphitheater

Friday, September 12
11:00 am – 2:45 pm: Center for Career Services Info Table, Marvin Center 1st Floor

External Events

2014 Solar Symposium: "Using Solar Energy to Generate Wealth in Lower Income Communities"
Tuesday, September 23
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Jack Morton Auditorium (SMPA Building)
805 21st Street NW
The GW Solar Institute will host the first national gathering of stakeholders dedicated to achieving solar energy affordability and accessibility for Americans with limited means .

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